Oak Officials Take Aim At Massage Parlors
City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente says a 36-percent jump in the number of requests for massage parlor permits caught his attention.
Five of Oakland's eight massage parlors are in Chinatown. Three are being investigated for allegedly fronting prostitution.
Community leaders say enough is enough.
Carl Chan, Chinatown Chamber of Commerce: "For those who are trying to run any illegal business, or using the massage business as a front to run any illegal activities, this is the wrong city."
xxxxx, massage therapy client: "My main concern would be that legitimate massage parlors not find legal restrictions on the work that they do, because it's an important therapy for people who need it."
Proposed regulations include background checks for massage parlor employees and a ban on parlors within 1,000 feet of a school or park.
[Hard to believe there has never been an Oakland post before and I'll be popping the cherry on this forum...glory may not always go to the diligent and hardworking, but, then again...sometimes it does ]